Today nearly brought a tear to my eye, as I walked in the front door after work and heard the sounds of Brewers baseball coming from the other room. Yes, folks, today was a televised game all the way from Maryvale Baseball Park in Arizona. And even though I didn’t sit down until the 5th inning, it made me downright giddy with excitement knowing that Opening Day will be here exactly 28 days from today.
What makes me so excited is the uncertainty at this point of who will and won’t make the 25-man roster. The 4-ish innings I watched today were a good indication of what kind of talent the Brewers staff is working with and I definitely liked what I saw. Hello? Jim Edmunds! There’s a guy that’s got something to prove and prove it he has. (Catch or not, that was an amazing play for a guy his age, not to mention for a guy that didn’t play in the Majors at all last season.) And, as was indicated by Mol’s retweet from Journal-Sentinal writer Tom Haudricourt, the starting pitchers have yet to allow a run. Granted, it’s been less than a week of Spring Training play, but for a team that came in dead last in ERA last season, that’s def something to brag about. Even Manny Parra got in on that today, going 3 scoreless innings, with 1 strikeout.
So, since it’s too early to really make any discernible predictions about who may or may not be paraded out at Miller Park come April 5th, I’ll continue on to my Week 4 apparel pictures. (Because I know you all can’t wait to see things you’ve already seen before.)
Still one of my favorites.
And, not that I ever wear them together, the matching shorts.
I am currently working on a new shirt for my 5-year-old niece. She picked it out and decided what she wanted. It will look eerily similar to another top I’ve made, but only because I had to give her limited options. She’s 5. Who knows what she would’ve come up with otherwise.
The Brewers will take on a whole slew of teams before next Monday, including the Cubs, Reds, Padres and Giants. Should anything noteworthy happen before then, I’ll try my best to make some sort of comment. But until then, Go Brewers!
I first must tell you all that I have finally gotten a new computer. Therefore, I am blogging from bed, iTunes and Twitter are running simultaneously and should I need to do any last minute research while posting, it will not be a problem. Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I’ve been able to run more than one program at a time? No? Well, let me just say it’s been a long *** time. This is sooooo nice!
But on to baseball…
Did you all hear that the Brewers were moving to Orlando? Some dude running for Congress down there wants a Major League team to move, thus some reporter took that to include the Crew, thus we all think he’s an idiot. It would’ve taken 2 minutes to find out that wasn’t true.
A few guys settled before arbitration hearings are to get underway. Dave Bush agreed to terms with Milwaukee, signing for a year and earning $4.215 million. But, there are a lot of possibilities out there for Bush. He may not make the cut when it comes to the starting rotation. Hell, he may not even make the bullpen with the other guys competing out there. Bush also stands to make up to $110,000 in bonuses but if that’s to happen, he’s gotta shrink that 6.38 ERA.
Also signing this week was starter-***-reliever-***-starter-***-reliever Carlos Villanueva. Villa asked for just over a mill, but signed on for 2010 for $950,000.
The only player yet to sign is right fielder Corey Hart. Hart seems to think he deserves $4.8 million coming off a, well, let’s face it, bad year. And 2009 was only made worse by a missed month with an emergency appendectomy. If Hart and the Brewers don’t come to an agreement, Corey could be on his way out and, I’m gonna just say it: that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
Milwaukee claimed utility man Joe Inglett off of waivers on Wednesday. This gives the Brewers another left handed bat and an another extremely versatile player should he make the roster out of Spring Traning. His addition meant clearing room on the 40-man, thus designating reliever Chris Smith for assignment. Since Inglett has experience in both the infield and outfield, he’s got increased odds of making the team since the Crew is still in need of bench players that can do either.
In a move that had little to no rumblings in us fans’ heads, the Brewers signed near-40-year-old Jim Edmunds to a minor league contract yesterday. Just last week Edmunds made it clear that he wanted back in the Bigs and GM Doug Melvin was quick to make a move. Should Edmunds make the squad come April, he’s got a chance to hit some career milestones before officially calling it quits. He’s got the goods should he make it to Miller Park, including a career .284 BA, 4 trips to All-Star games and 8 Gold Gloves. Plus, he’s another lefty that can play any spot in the outfield. It’s been reported that Edmunds stands to make as much as $2-2.5 million if he makes the 25-man roster and reaches certain achievements, such as playing a full season.
So, the Brewers have been busy this week but still have a few things to be addressed before the end of February. If the club can’t come to terms with Hart, there’s right field, for starters. And speaking of starters, Melvin still has his eye on Mark Mulder. It may seem like there’s still a lot of time before the start of Spring Traning, but January’s almost over. I do have to say that I’m quite happy with what’s happened this winter, though. This team is really shaping up to be a contender. So…yay!